Submitted by ML1 on October 4, 2006 - 9:59am
New Opensource Drupal-based Software Runs UC IMC Website
Welcome to the new UC IMC Drupal-powered website! Working with Drupal permits the website to be more easily maintained and updated than our previous open-source site software allowed.
Among its features are a new, more user-friendly interface. Sign up for an account through the "User login" form near the top of the right column. This allows users to easily edit and update stories, as well as preventing anyone else from falsely posting under your user name.
Signing in as a registered user is also the only way that users can avoid being tagged as an "anonymous user". While Indymedia always makes provisions for those with legitimate reasons to anonymously post news and comments, this capability has frequently been abused by trolls and those who have assumed the identities of others for no good reason. With the new software, unless a user logs in, the default mode tags all posts as "anonymous user" so that readers can more easily evaluate stories for veracity and can easily distinguish between those willing to openly claim their work -- and those who may just be trolling the site.
Another feature of the new site implements the use of “captchas” to verify that a human being is actually posting, instead of the evil adbots that have plagued the website over the last year.
Some features of the new site will be modified as we learn more about how to best implement various features to better serves users and the community. Please address suggestions and comments on the new site to imc-web (at) ucimc.org.
Archives of the old, Dada-based UC IMC website will be available. However, for the time being, these archives of the old website may only be intermittently available due to technical reasons.